Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi today ensured he would leave office with dignity, by being fired from a cannon.
In accordance with the traditions of his hometown Milan, Mr Burl-bastic invoked his ancestorial right to hand over the reigns of power by means of esca tramite cannone; or "the firing of the leaving dignatory, by cannon, in the direction of his choosing."
The earliest record of the tradition dates it to 1206, or shortly after the invention of the cannon.
Historically, though this method was more likely to be used to expel corrupt and inept public officials, some of whom had even abused their power to live a playboy lifestyle, cavorting with countless maidens and accruing piles of gold for themselves in the process.
Following the passing of surprise laws in the last few days, Big Daddy Silv may be coated in tiramisu for the experience, as is his undeniable right an Italian. He has chosen the recently appointed Defence Secretary, Ms Mariana De Cruella (24) to perform the procedure.
He will be fired north from the room of his office; or roughly in the direction of St Joan's School for Wayward Girls.